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post #121 of 12536
Thank you very much.

EDIT: Actually that is for pick up only. I don't have a local CC
post #122 of 12536
How does the pq compare both br and upscalled to the pioneer as i dont need media gallery and have the onkyo 875 for bitstream.
thanks
post #123 of 12536
Another question inregard to ousing the 5.1 inputs. I was set to keep my 1400 but after reading a few of the reviews here I might reconsider and go with the BD30.

From what I have read when using the 5.1 output I will be getting uncompressed audio if it is on the BR disc. Which several have stated is better than straight DD/DTS but not quite as good as DD+/TrueHD and DTS HD/MA. By comparison I have the A2 which I use the opitcal output to my AVM 30 which gives me DTS at 1.5 mbs (for DD+/TrueHD). I watched Transformers on my A2 and I was very impressed with the SQ.

Would the SQ from the BD30 be similar to that of the A2 (DTS 1.5mbs) when using the 5.1 output of the BD30? If this is the case then I feel I would be quite happy with the BD30. I know it is not the best SQ out there but at least when I upgrade my pre-pro I will have one of the most up to date players available. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.

Bill
post #124 of 12536
Anyone having luck at Circuit City doing the 10% in store pickup and a 10% AAA motors coupon?
post #125 of 12536
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Originally Posted by smsprague View Post

TCGN,

With the Panny 30 using the 5.1 analog outs you will get DD and DTS sound only. With the older Panny 10 you will TrueHD and DTS-HD when available on the 7.1 analog outs. The Panny 10 has internal decoding for the HD Audio and the Panny 30 does not. If you do not plan on buying a new receiver soon, then the Panny 10 deserves consideration.


Most BD disks came with uncompressed LPCM 5.1 , which the BD30 can send through the analog out or HDMI. This is much better than the plain vanilla DTS or DD and in my view sounds as good as TrueHD with my setup.

Sergio
post #126 of 12536
Sergio,

Thanks for the info. I did not realize this. So know the question is: Return the Panny 10 and get the Panny 30 or keep the Panny 10 which I am very happy with.
post #127 of 12536
So, on this particular player has it been established that it does pure and unadulterated 1080p/24 output straight from the disc to the decoder and out via HDMI with no improper and unnecessary de-interlacing? Didn't the past Panasonics' decoders work only in 1080i mode with an add-on de-interlacer/de-3:2 cadence scaler add-on?

I'm quite surprised that with the lack of internal lossless audio decoding that this was allowed to be a Profile 1.1 player... not that it's a big deal if 1.1 enable disc features play correctly otherwise (I could care less about this fluff and want a pure, untouched movie soundtrack stream, but some may care). Did they fudge a little since in-player audio muxing is done only with legacy Dolby Digital audio bitstreams?

Dan
post #128 of 12536
I picked up this Panny yesterday morning at Circuit City after I saw Robert George's OP. Still haven't unpacked it. Was hoping to get two but they only received one at the store. I think this will be a good partner to my pair of Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD players. I've got about a dozen blu-ray movies so I'll put it through the paces a little later today.

I'm using a Denon 3808CI A/V Receiver and Panasonic TH-50PZ700u 1080p Plasma.
post #129 of 12536
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Originally Posted by VeniceDre View Post

I picked up this Panny yesterday morning at Circuit City after I saw Robert George's OP. Still haven't unpacked it. Was hoping to get two but they only received one at the store. I think this will be a good partner to my pair of Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD players. I've got about a dozen blu-ray movies so I'll put it through the paces a little later today.

I'm using a Denon 3808CI A/V Receiver and Panasonic TH-50PZ700u 1080p Plasma.

When you crack open the box, or anyone else that has one, does the player come with a BD disc in the box? If so, which one? I also assume this player qualifies for the 5 free BD disc offer too? Thanks for the info.
post #130 of 12536
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Originally Posted by jcs913 View Post

I also assume this player qualifies for the 5 free BD disc offer too? Thanks for the info.

http://www.bluraysavings.com/bluraysavings_usa.pdf
post #131 of 12536
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Originally Posted by jcs913 View Post

When you crack open the box, or anyone else that has one, does the player come with a BD disc in the box? If so, which one? I also assume this player qualifies for the 5 free BD disc offer too? Thanks for the info.

No, no disc in the box. I see your other question was already answered.
post #132 of 12536
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Originally Posted by Pseudotrue View Post

Anyone having luck at Circuit City doing the 10% in store pickup and a 10% AAA motors coupon?

I bought a TV the other day and they would not let me combine the coupons. Never know some stores might allow it but they wouldn't on this.

I keep waiting for the local store to get some of the BD30's in but so far none in this neck of the woods.

Jim
post #133 of 12536
I am going to pick one of these units up so I can do a side by side comparison to the 95FD...
post #134 of 12536
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

I am going to pick one of these units up so I can do a side by side comparison to the 95FD...

I am doing just that right this minute!... The Panny is below the HR-20



post #135 of 12536
Let us know what you think.
post #136 of 12536
Will do!...So far PQ goes to 95FD... Loading times are definitely quicker on the Panny. I am checking right now for 24P quality on both...will update shortly... Bare with me here...I want to do a careful comparison...BTW I am using the same HDMI cable to be 100% fair...:0)
post #137 of 12536
I was wondering about some comparisons already made to the 95FD. I wonder if maybe it is display dependent. Not that I doubt them, but seriously Ratatouille Blu ray looked AMAZING doing 1080p/23.97 into my Black Pearl!
post #138 of 12536
One thing that is staggeringly noticable is that for some reason the subwoofer is "alot" louder when playing on the new Panny...The other speakers all seem to be equal on both players...I have both on bitstream and have not altered any settings on my VSX-94THX.
post #139 of 12536
Just watched a bit of 28 weeks later... Pic looks the same as my PS3 but it's nice to see "DTS HD Master" light up on the Denon 3808CI... No glitches so far.
post #140 of 12536
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I wish they would update their movie selection as I own a few on the list and do not want to own the others...
post #141 of 12536
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Originally Posted by phansson View Post

Can someone give me a hint where this 10% off CC coupon is?

I WILL be picking up the 30 ASAP.

Bought mine today and mentioned about the 10% off and they will give it to you.
post #142 of 12536
Picked up my player today. Unfortunately my Integra is in the shop getting its firmware updated. Bites. Hopefully I'll have it back on Monday. As soon as I have it back I'll post my review.

S~
post #143 of 12536
i just got it at circuit city but before i open it i want to make sure it can do DTS-HD and Dolby True-HD sound........i have the new pioneer 91TXH and want to make sure it will be fine.
post #144 of 12536
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Originally Posted by jamen6 View Post

i just got it at circuit city but before i open it i want to make sure it can do DTS-HD and Dolby True-HD sound........i have the new pioneer 91TXH and want to make sure it will be fine.

I know the player Bitstreams them over HDMI, as well as DTS-HD Master, so as long as your receiver can decode it you should be fine. Make sure the audio settings on the Panny are all set to Bitstream and secondary audio is set to off.
post #145 of 12536
Just curious on this player does this have a zoom function to stretch or fill screen
post #146 of 12536
Okay...here is what I think. There is no sense in going into an elaborate review, because most of the previous comparisions are acurate...The Panny is definitely quicker on loading, (although the tray is cheap sounding and clunky compared to the smooth sliding 95FD)...PQ as far as I can tell is identical. I originally thought the 95FD was a bit sharper but after watching over and over, I honestly can see no difference...Upscaling also appears to be identical...(which I was surprised)...Both players have a slight delay on chapter skip, but I actually prefer the Panny on Chapter skip, FF and RW. You cannot go wrong with either of these units...Both play Surfs Up and Spiderman without issues. I will keep both these units... The 95FD will stay seated in my Theater and the Panny is going in the bedroom...
post #147 of 12536
Thank you all for the quick reviews, one question - how's the sound level, fan noise, hum etc?

*edit* - One extra question, can I see the remaining time on a title? The PS3 got very good display options (remaining time of title, chapter, bitrate, audio format etc), how are the display option on the BD30?
post #148 of 12536
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Originally Posted by snake45 View Post

Just curious on this player does this have a zoom function to stretch or fill screen

It has a 16x9 Full setting that stretches 4:3 content to fill a widescreen. Works well too, I used it to view supplemental videos on the Nine Inch Nails BR.
post #149 of 12536
Sound is amazing...just opened the box and set it up via hdmi bitsream. TRUEHD and DTS-HD sound amazing on it!!! My friend and I are very impressed!
post #150 of 12536
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Originally Posted by valmont74 View Post

Thank you all for the quick reviews, one question - how's the sound level, fan noise, hum etc?

Neither unit is loud at all with fan noise. You would think they don't even have a fan. Sound level is identical on both units with the exception of the subwoofer, which for some reason seems to be louder on the Panny. I am 100% HDMI so I won't be able to comment on the other audio formats. Also all my comparisons were done using 1080P 24 output. I don't really have the time to go through 720P, 1080i, or any other resolutions...(sorry). I saw enough to know they are both great players and for the 499.99 price range, the Panny is the King right now...
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